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PH, Canada need to resolve ‘waste issue’ soonest

12:01 AM August 15, 2016

THIS REFERS to the letter titled “On Canada waste: time for Rody to follow up question with action” (Opinion, 8/1/16).

It is important for Filipinos to be aware of the pernicious dumping of foreign-generated wastes in the country—an issue that has been highlighted by the running public debate on the Canada waste—and to arrive at a consensus on how to deal with it. Unless a nation speaks and protests in one voice, it will have difficulty drawing international media attention to issues specific to a particular part of the world.

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Compared to the Canada waste issue, the South China Sea dispute is far more in the news and in the consciousness of nations.

Unless the two countries go into a comprehensive dialogue on the issue—in a cordial environment and in the spirit of friendship and cooperation—resolving an important issue like this would be extremely challenging. A joint investigation and a visit to the sites where waste has been “distributed,” and an environment impact assessment may also help in bringing both parties to a common platform for resolving this issue in the proper manner and toward a just conclusion.

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It is important for both the Philippines and Canada to hold a dialogue and resolve the issue.

—SAIKAT KUMAR BASU, Apt 6-409, 43 Street South, Lethbridge AB Canada T1J 4B3

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